Nice and Snappy – Oliver McVeigh

Kilkenny v Tipperary - GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

6 September 2009; Kilkenny Manager, Brian Cody, celebrates at the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE


On this All-Ireland Hurling Final week, we are taking a look back at some of the personal favourite pictures of our photographers from finals past. Today it’s the turn of Oliver McVeigh.

It is the final whistle in an epic game which will go down in history as one of the best and most dramatic All Ireland Hurling Finals of all time.

With Kilkenny trailing by two points with less than eight minutes of normal time remaining, Richie Power was fouled in the Tipperary small square – and that’s where the game turned on its head for Cody and his side.

Henry Shefflin belted in a goal from the resulting penalty, and just seconds later substitute Martin Comerford found the net again and Tipperary couldn’t recover as the Cats ran out 2-22 to 0-23 winners at Croke Park.

The picture is of Kilkenny manager Brian Cody unleashing his emotions, as his side has just beaten old rivals Tipperary to win their fourth All-Ireland title in a row.

I was photographing from the Canal End for this one, waiting in position with a 600m lens for something to happen at the final whistle when I caught it, as he welcomed the final whistle while surrounded by photographers as trainer Michael Dempsey comes in to celebrate with him.

Cody showing his emotions is unusual, and he is usually a reserved man, but this photo shows how much he and his side wanted to see off Tipperary and to win  – and how intense and edgy the previous 70 minutes plus had been.

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